Picnic Meet & Greet
Hosted by Mike Hamper for Commissioner
Thursday, June 21 at 5:30PM – 7:30PM
1498 OH-46, Jefferson, OH 44047-9505
Come get to know Mike and learn about the campaign while having fun in a family-friendly environment!
We’re asking for a $5 donation per person, but kids 12 and under eat free! Donations can be made by check to “Cmte. to Elect Hamper” or by cash at the event.
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—For Immediate Release—-
Mike Hamper at email@example.com
RFS: Lesley Lopez at firstname.lastname@example.org
Run for Something endorses Mike Hamper for Ashtabula County Commissioner
Progressive wave builds momentum with new candidates in Ohio
March 29, 2018- Mike Hamper is proud to receive the endorsement of Run for Something (RfS), the groundbreaking organization that recruits and supports strong voices in the next generation of progressive leadership.
“It’s an honor to be endorsed by Run for Something and be included in such an impressive group of candidates. My goal is to create a better future for all of us by building community, embracing hope, and demonstrating strong leadership”
“These first time candidates all have the heart and hustle that is so important to us at RfS, and we are proud to give them our endorsement,” said Ross Morales Rocketto, RfS co-founder. “Put simply, they are the type of people we think the Party needs and the type of candidates who are going to work hard. They are knocking on doors and stepping up to run grassroots, community-led campaigns.”
By the numbers:
87 first or second time candidates endorsed this month
RFS has endorsed 300 candidates total, from 41 states
Campaign budgets range from $3000 to $300,000
Win numbers range from 645 to 100,000 votes
The endorsement process includes an extensive internal review with background check, staff interview and insight from local state experts.
Amanda Litman and Ross Morales Rocketto launched RfS on Jan. 20, 2017 with a simple premise: help young diverse progressives to run for down-ballot races in order to build a bench for the future. RfS aims to lower the barriers to entry for these candidates by helping them with seed money, organization building, and access to trainings needed to be successful. So far, about 17,000 young people from across the country have signed up as candidates and gained access to RfS resources.
Run for Something recruits and supports talented, passionate young people who advocate for progressive values now and for the next 30 years, with the ultimate goal of building a progressive bench.
Ashtabula County Democrats Fundraiser Benefitting CTE Hamper, Candidate for County Commissioner.
April 13th at 5:30pm
354 Main Street, Conneaut, Ohio 44030
Contact: Angel Wassie (440) 381-3627 or Cris Newcomb (440) 862-1120 for more information
For Immediate Release
Friday, January 26, 2018
Hamper Files for County Commissioner
JEFFERSON, OHIO — Lifelong Ashtabula County resident and local attorney Mike Hamper filed to run for Ashtabula County Commissioner today, officially launching a campaign that he hopes will foster a new spirit of community, inclusion, and collaboration between the county government and residents.
“I’m focused on creating meaningful work opportunities by supporting entrepreneurs and local employers, investing in agribusiness, and improving the quality of education for our kids,” Hamper said.
Hamper graduated from Jefferson Area High School before earning his bachelor’s degree and law degree from Ohio Northern University. Hamper returned to Ashtabula County with his wife, Carmen, to work as an Associate Attorney with Jerome A. Lemire, Attorney at Law. Earlier this month, Hamper became business partners with Lemire and formed Lemire & Hamper LLC.
Since returning home, Hamper has also served the community as the Solicitor for the Village of Jefferson and as a board member for LEADERship Ashtabula County and the Jefferson Area Chamber of Commerce.
As Solicitor, Hamper prosecutes misdemeanors and traffic violations, drafts legal documents, and provides legal advice to the Village administration. Alongside Village officials, Hamper is proudly fighting the State of Ohio’s attempted takeover of municipal income tax.
Hamper believes in local solutions to local issues. He is developing a plan to address Ashtabula County’s most pressing challenges with input from residents, community organizations, local businesses, and farmers, which will be released soon.
Hamper has filed to run as a Democrat, but emphasizes the importance of working with people across party lines to help improve Ashtabula County. “This campaign is about community.” said Hamper. “We are one county with one future and I am dedicated to working together to make that future bright.”
JEFFERSON — Jefferson Village Solicitor Michael Hamper III, a Democrat, said he plans to submit petitions to run for the county commissioner seat that’s up for grabs in this year’s general election.
“I think that we are not positioning ourselves to be competitive for 50 years down the road,” he told the Star Beacon Friday. “I think that there are steps we need to be taking to secure that future.
“I think we can do a better job. I know I can do a better job.
The 28-year-old Ashtabula resident, an attorney who partnered this month with former village solicitor Jerome Lemire’s firm — now Lemire and Hamper LLC — along East Beech Street, said he’ll seek to build a more interconnected Ashtabula County through stronger municipal communication and partnerships.
“People are disconnected from each other. We have this imaginary dividing line around Jefferson, of north county and south county, which shouldn’t exist,” he said. “We have one county and one future.”
On Hamper’s official website, ElectHamper.com, he calls for a more “holistic” approach to economic development and job growth, and said he sees the region’s successes in agribusiness as a platform for more growth.
As an attorney, Hamper said he feels like “a broker” — someone who’s able to plug opportunists into “positions of success.” He said he’s been taking cues from Radius CoWork of Erie, a collaborative workspace designed to push new entrepreneurs and placemakers toward revitalizing the city.
“I can think of no person who is going to expand Ashtabula County than someone who is born here,” he said. “So much of our capital and efforts are spent trying to attract people here, and we have ignored so many of our local people.”
Those local opportunists could be about his age, he said, citing a 2015 study that indicates one-third of the county will be 60 years or older in the next 22 years.
“If we want a meaningful county where we have good job opportunities, good income, better health of the county as a whole financially … we need to have a population base that’s younger,” he said.
Hamper said some of those peers spend more on their Internet bills than electricity. He also lists bolstering the region’s Internet infrastructure as a priority — a much-needed tool for for developing industry that requires fast, reliable networking, as well as the education sphere.
“Fiber is the future. … I’m talking meaningful Internet access,” he said. “Our kids come home from school with (Google) Chromebooks — but so many kids don’t have Internet access at home.
“Because so much of their work has to be done online or submitted online, this is an issue for the future of Ashtabula County,” he said. “This is something worth investing our time and energy into.”
If elected in November, Hamper would be required to step down from his part-time role as village solicitor. He indicated, however, he would attempt to maintain his position with his Jefferson firm, which he said largely consists of court filings made from his Jefferson office. He added he would not litigate cases that involve the county.
Hamper is a Lenox Township native and a 2007 Jefferson Area High School graduate. He lives in Ashtabula with his wife Carmen.
He earned a bachelor’s in political science from Ohio Northern University in 2011, and in 2014 received his law degree from the university’s Claude W. Pettit College of Law, graduating at the top 25 percent of his class. He began working in Lemire’s office the following September.
He also holds spots on the Jefferson Area Chamber of Commerce Board and the Ashtabula County LEADERship board of trustees, and provides legal counsel for the Ashtabula County Young Democrats.
Hamper is set to face incumbent county Commissioner Casey Kozlowski, a Republican, who announced in November he will seek a second term.
Thank you to the Jefferson Area Chamber of Commerce for a wonderful Christmas Parade.
I enjoyed announcing and our volunteers loved the parade! (Photo credit: Bekki Starr)
Ashtabula Day of Service-I had a good time making cards for elderly, veterans, and active duty service men and women with some of my fellow Ashtabula County Young Democrats.
Thank you to Ashtabula Area City Schools, Ashtabula County District Library, and Aim Higher for putting on this event!
ASHTABULA – Ashtabula County was center stage on Sunday afternoon as four Democratic statewide office candidates attended a town hall at Kent State University Ashtabula.
Gubernatorial candidates Nan Whaley, mayor of Dayton, and Joseph Schiavoni, a state senator from the Youngstown area, were joined by treasurer candidate Robert Richardson, an attorney from Cincinnati, and attorney general candidate Steven Dettelbach, a formal federal prosecutor, on the stage of the school’s main auditorium.
More than 100 people attended the event with moderators from the Star Beacon and Gazette publications helping facilitate the town hall, as well as Kent State Ashtabula college Democrats and Rep. John Patterson and State Sen. Sean O’Brien.
All four candidates expressed concern relating to the reduced revenues coming from Columbus to area governmental entities while mandates increased.
“This robbing Peter to pay Paul has been going on for eight years,” Whaley said of Republican led tax cuts that reduce revenue coming to local municipalities while increasing responsibilities.
Whaley and Schiavoni presented their ideas on the importance of a change in Columbus and both discussed working together to find solutions to problems.
Both candidates also discussed the importance of creating jobs and investing in state services such as education and business development.
Dettelbach said he spent seven years as a federal prosecutor in charge of northeastern Ohio and believes it is important that the rule of law applies to everyone. He said it is important powerful people are held accountable for their actions, but Ohio residents feel there is a discrepancy in how justice is handed out.
“There are one set of rules for those with money and power and one for everyone else,” he said.
The gubernatorial candidates discussed the idea of a $15 minimum wage, with Schiavoni saying a $12 or $13 minimum wage would be a good compromise while Whaley said she believes the voters should decide by referendum.
Schiavoni also related the importance of investing in the state through brownfield restoration, broadband internet for those who can’t afford it and clean water.
“You have to invest first,” he said.
Whaley shared a story of a Lake County school employee who after 16 years of service just broke the $30,000 yearly salary barrier. She said hard working people shouldn’t have to work two jobs just to make ends meet.
Whaley also emphasized the importance of maintaining regional decision making.
“This state is very diverse. What works up here along the lake doesn’t work in Marrietta,” she said.
When discussing education funding, Schiavoni said after more than two decades of “kicking the can” down the street real solutions are needed.
All four candidates bashed a Facebook post by Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill, who commented on his sex life Friday in connection to a large discussion of sexual harassment. The candidates said the comments did nothing to diminish the importance of stopping sexual assault and harassment.
“People need to understand we aren’t going to take this anymore,” Whaley said.
Richardson said it is important that men stand against sexual harassment when it comes to their attention.
The candidates also backed organized labor and said they would keep an eye on “right to work” legislation. Whaley said a constant watch on the rights for collective bargaining is needed even though a statewide initiative was defeated in 2011.
Richardson and Schiavoni said it is crucial to provide “incubation” services to help grow businesses; especially around universities in the state.
When discussing the overburdened foster care system, Whaley emphasized the importance of investing in the Children Services’ kinship program because relatives taking in children whose parents have been determined unfit do not receive any finances to help.
“If we really believe the children should stay with the family then we must invest” resources to make it happen,” she said.
Whaley said investment in foster care children must continue after they turn 18. She said only 2 percent of foster care children graduate from college.
“That is unacceptable,” she said.